Newcastle United 2 – West Ham 0

Newcastle United v West Ham United - Barclays Premier LeagueJonas Gutierrez scored his first goal since winning his battle with cancer as Newcastle United beat West Ham United 2-0 to avoid relegation on an anxious final day of the Barclays Premier League season.
A run of one point from 10 matches had plunged the Tyneside club deep into the mire, but Moussa Sissoko’s header nine minutes into the second half put them on course for a first victory since the end of February as Hull City dropped into the Championship.
Jonas Gutierrez, who laid on the opening goal, then sealed it with a deflected strike five minutes from time in a fairytale end to a season to which he had returned after overcoming testicular cancer.
Newcastle head coach John Carver said it would be unthinkable to take his hometown club into the second tier and he was able to savour a victory, while former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has taken charge of West Ham for the final time with the club confirming he will not be offered a new deal.
Newcastle’s leading scorer Papiss Cisse made his first start since early March, while Mike Williamson and Vurnon Anita were also recalled as Ayoze Perez, Ryan Taylor and Remy Cabella were dropped to the bench.
Allardyce made two changes to his starting line-up, with former Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan and Reece Burke replacing the injured Mark Noble and James Collins.
Newcastle made an encouraging start and Emmanuel Riviere was presented with a great chance to put them in front inside a minute, but snatched at his shot from close range.
Enner Valencia appealed for a penalty when he went down in the area moments later, but Williamson did not appear to make any contact and referee Martin Atkinson waved play on.
Riviere acrobatically volleyed into the side-netting and Daryl Janmaat dragged a strike wide of the far post as Newcastle attempted to ease the tension.
Newcastle’s hearts were in their mouths when Stewart Downing raced into the penalty area 23 minutes in, but Tim Krul denied the winger, and the home supporters became increasingly edgy as their side failed to open the scoring in a frantic first half, with the match at Hull still on a knife edge.
Riviere had another golden opportunity to make himself a hero five minutes into the second half, but was unable to make contact with Janmaat’s cross from around six yards out.
St James’ Park erupted just four minutes later, though, when Sissoko met Gutierrez’s fine cross from the left with a downward header to put Newcastle in front.
Gutierrez then raised the roof by unleashing a strike that deflected beyond Adrian and celebrated in style as Newcastle ended the season on a high note.

Also before the game we had the surprise of Mike Ashley giving his 1st media interview, speaking about his plans for the future at St. James’ Park and his determination to bring success back to the Club.
When asked where the blame for United’s poor season rests, Ashley simply replied: “My door.
“I didn’t envisage us being in this position at Christmas. Obviously, after the last couple of weeks I’m still a little bit shocked at where we find ourselves today.
“(But) I will continue the policy of investing in the football club.
“We have got the club on a very sound financial footing, so we are able to spend and punch above our weight thanks to the current financial situation the club finds itself in.
“We may have the cart, financially, but we now need to bolt the horse on, and we are going to.”
When quizzed about his intentions for the future, Ashley said: “To definitely win something and, by the way, I won’t be selling (the Club) until I do.
“(The club is not for sale) at any price. And when I say ‘win something’, if we ever get into a position of being in a Champions League place, that also counts as winning something.
“From this day forward we will be making our own luck.”

160 thoughts on “Newcastle United 2 – West Ham 0

  1. I just took a long at all past newcastle Managers….

    Maybe is time to hire a foreign country manager?

    Just look at the top 4 clubs…. None is english. 😐

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  2. @TOONARMYELITE : Alan Pardew mentioned he always wanted a player that is great on set-pieces.. but he can’t GET IN. πŸ™„

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  3. MDS… There’s a few I’d probably keep but not many I’d “shed a tear over” if they left. The days of having an emotional attachment to certain players seems to have deserted me for the time being. Dummett and Colback would come into that category but for me they’ve done nothing special. Imo they’ve been average but in the current set up playing average and showing a bit of heart makes you a stand out player.

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  4. Just seems pointless speculating about players coming and going until the head coach issue is sorted out.
    For me it will be the benchmark of Ashley’s ambition, and if his statement was just a media stunt full of bull, or not.
    Can hardly wait…….

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  5. need to be top of the shoping list alond with 3 cb beast 1 left foot 2 right footed a left back cause i would be moving dummett into the middle cb slot and a right back to compete with janmatt also another keeper to replace elliot

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  6. BB…That only applies if the new coach has any say, if not speculate away πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

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  7. Kim – that AO open letter is thoroughly disgraceful.
    Positively embarrassing. Written by a child.
    No need to stoop to that level.
    They don’t speak for me.
    There are far better ways to get the message across.

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  8. Things we need this summer to give he club a positive vibe again;

    1) New and good coach
    2) Invest heaviliy in the squad with better quality players
    3) Change the ambitions of the club and come out publicly with these.
    4) Sell the club to new players as ambitious and a club moving forward, not as a stepping stone.
    5) Build the new training complex which the club seems to have gone completely and utterly silent on it.
    6) Hold a Fans Forum meeting with Ashley in attendance.

    Do this and we can move forward.

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  9. Boots totally agree. I thought they’d been fairly professional and effective to this point. But that letter is a disgrace

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  10. Newcastle Utd Manager John Carver ‘Videobombs’ Made in Tyne & Wear Interview

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM1HOGeTu6c&feature=youtu.be

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    Newcastle Utd secured Premier League football for another season, beating West Ham 2-0 at St James’ Park on the final day of the campaign.

    And reporting on the game, as I interviewed North East journalist Colin Young about the future of the club and its boss John Carver, the manager himself decided to roll on in…

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  11. Andy – your additions arent a million miles away from the ones I suggested mate. I think Fer and Colback could be a real good pairing in front of the back 4.

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  12. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<< would also recomend we invest in an x ray machine make sure whoever we do sign has a back bone πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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  13. any of you guys see the gerrard goal yesterday is of the opion over here that stoke let him score meself

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  14. Jill@62 and Boots@84, Agree, I just posted it for bloggers to read like. I do think his interview was pre -arranged with sky and may even be why the game was switched as the main one being shown like. Having said that, we have been asking him to speak for yonks and now he has. Seems he is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t in some eyes πŸ™„
    That letter is an embarrassment, they would of done better to wait until late July and then judge him imo. Actually that sort of thing could actually make him think, sod it what’s the point . Given he has come out and taken the blame, as he should, and said he intends to invest, we should at least give him the chance to do it. The next head coach choice should tell us all we need to know about the level of ambition. I don’t buy lee and the board picking the coach. It’s his club and I’m damn sure he don’t want to be in that position again.

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  15. Not sure about the Gerrard goal but I’m pretty sure Nolan flubbed that shot from the edge of the box on purpose

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  16. @ KIMTOON
    was hopeing they would win it meself to give us 2 more derbys but not to be πŸ™

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  17. Great to see RICHIE back,hope he didn’t lose to much weight while in the slammer πŸ˜€

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  18. Now thing is simple we have to bring Austin and Bamford for next season, with Ayoze de Jong Armstrong and Sammy as other potential options. Next season Ayoze should be played as left striker in 433. Im not against keeping TiotΓ©, Krul under a new manager, especially with Darlow who wants to challenge for GK, Krul needs competition and improve ball to feet. Sissoko should be our right winger in that 433. We dont especially to bring lot of players, we need to let weak links go and just need to see more of Abeid Vuckic Aarons Ayoze Dummett Colback Janmaat Sissoko De Jong Kemen. Id even keep Coloccini and Jonas if they want to stay.

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  19. TAE – the chasing Stoke defender did seem to stand off him a bit, but I thought he was injured – looked like he pulled his hamstring.
    There’s been a big fuss made about the fella like – I was more a Lampard fan myself

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  20. So McClaren has been sacked. The one thing that really puts me off him is the fact that he’s just been sacked from Derby and they finished 8th in the Championship. Why is that good enough for us in what is a huge decision.

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  21. Why do we have to settle for McClaren? With all the money sloshing around the premier league we could easily attract up-and-comers from almost anywhere in Europe. Not the elite like Klopp and Benitez, but managers from good clubs who have qualified for Europe and even Champions League. Not everything is about money, but we could afford to double or even triple a managers salary and that might be very tempting.

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  22. If Jonas and Coloccini both stay its simple, let Anita Gouffran Willo Riviere Cabella go, and bring back Vuckic with also Lascelles and Darlow. From that its simple: they should make sure we sign Charlie Austin and CB, id go for Senegal’s Kara MBODJI, dominant and ball playing Center Back who is also very good as Defensive Midfielder. Fromt that we already have:

    —————-Krul—————
    -Janmaat–Kara-Coloccini-Dummett
    —————Abeid—————
    ———deJong—-Colback——–
    —Sissoko—————-Ayoze—-
    —————Austin—————-
    Subs: Darlow, Lascelles, Haidara, Kemen, Vuckic, Aarons, Bamford
    Then Woodman Saylor Sterry Satka Smith Barlaser Heardman. You give that to even Jurgen Klopp, he’ll make it work, and maybe we’ll see Colback and Austin in England team.

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  23. Subs: Darlow, Lascelles, Haidara, Jonas, Vuckic, Aarons, Bamford.
    I see Jonas as central midfielder in the 433 and wide midfielder in the 442

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  24. Apparently people close to McClaren and NUFC saying he burnt his bridges when he turned us down. Would like to think that’s the case but if worries me that the club will revert straight back to Carver if only decent and strong managers are available.

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  25. If we keep Cabella, then no need for Bamford, bring back Vuckic and sign Austin. Andre Ayew would be a huge coup if we could bring him

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  26. Stuart79@113 that won’t count for nothing once the legendary Charnley and “the Football Board” unquote Mike Ashley get up and running. Only the best for the toon, the skies the limit…..

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  27. And I would go for Ben Pringle for free. He is an attacking, central or wide midfielder, with a big left foot and truly is a set piece specialist. And he is Geordie. Big talent.

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  28. So DERBY going after Paul Cement to replace Steve. Wouldn’t we be better off going for Clement rather than Steve ❓

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  29. Yanga-Mbiwa just scored the winner to secure second place and Champions League football for Roma.

    Still don’t rate him… πŸ˜†

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  30. Kimtoon, why should we take a punt on a complete unknown over McClaren ? Not that we should be picking McClaren either though btw πŸ™‚

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  31. The only appointment I would truly be pissed off with would be if Carver was given the job. McClaren could well do a job for us. I don’t see thrills & spills with him in charge, but don’t see the disaster with him.

    Cholo – I’m sorry mate, but those players don’t seem close to good enough IMO. We’d need a lot more quality in both the starting 11 and the squad.

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  32. So in fact we only need a CB, a Big Man striker and a set piece specialist, then Ayew would be great but that may mean Sissoko gone.
    So Kara, Austin and Ben Pringle are priority for me, and Vuckic back.
    And we can sell Gouffran Willo Riviere (Cabella) Obertan Cisse TiotΓ©.

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  33. MM@120, He is highly rated though and worked alongside Ancelotti so should know his stuff. Just not sure Steve would be a good fit for Toon really.

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  34. And the fantasy cup winner is:
    WHY SO SERIOUS ? 39 – 51 Haven’t Got a Kalou

    Champions were Solano’s Trumpet.

    Many thanks to all who played. It was champion. Let’s do it again next year.

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  35. Loving the outbreak of Ashley love – even though what he said about Charnley is what some of us have been saying all along … and which some said they couldn’t believe. πŸ˜†

    Enjoyed my stay in Newcastle and Galicia. Off back to Oz in a couple of hours.

    Very glad Carver finally read that tactics book I sent him. πŸ˜‰

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  36. Ancelotti sacked too! All these fantastic coaches available now and we will be still looking at the Lidle and Aldi options…

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  37. Kim

    Theres a highly rated coach who worked with the late, great Sir Bobby Robson available as well… πŸ˜‰

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  38. so Derby sack SM to progress from an 8th position finish and we go for him??

    YCNMIU

    We may not be in for him but i’d be very disappointed if we are.

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  39. Bris – thanks for popping over and seeing us to safety mate. Who needs Uri Geller when we’ve got Bris πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜†
    Safe journey back mate, and thanks for sorting the Fantasy footy mate, it was a nice distraction from the actual football this season

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  40. Can’t see McLaren coming. If there was any interest from us still, Derby would have held on to him to get a compensation payment.

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  41. I agree, Ice. I wouldn’t personally go back in for him as if he turned us down twice it’s a bit sad if we beg him!

    But the worry is, who now? I really don’t think the club have a secret plan and a coach we don’t know about. Worry is it will mean we fall back on Carver.

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  42. hope you’s are right. its not progress under SM

    wow whats happened to the emoticons? huge πŸ™‚

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  43. ice @ 130

    he’s unemployed – cheap & will be the voice that ash needs.

    boxes ticked – he’s a knocking bet!

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  44. STUART surely jabba would block move for Carver no matter what he says at the end of day he has seen Carver is not up to it,but he will stay at the club somewhere

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  45. Who then? – Moyes? or maybe one of the French lads that haven’t been mention for a while

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  46. That’s the rworry, Sharpy. This appointment will say everything about the club going forward. Whether Ashley meant what he said but let’s not forget, he said he wouldn’t be choosing the new manager so he can’t get the blame when Carver gets appointed.

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  47. surely it is only a matter of days before we have a televised interview with the man of the moment charnley ? ffs we have had the invisible man and his invisible mate collocini and ashley on the box, jc giving it large, surely charnley needs to come out and give us the benefit of his knowledge ?

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  48. Isn’t Klopp the perfect manager for NUFC? He doesn’t spend millions on players, he improves players that are then sold and he over achieves all the time.

    Perfect fit!

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  49. I’d love Klopp, but I’m ready to give any new manager a chance as long as it’s not Carver. It’s as much about the players brought in too.
    Klopp would be great though.

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  50. stuart79, that is my choice too, and he would be a perfect fit.

    i would give klopp carte blanche to turn the club round, and believe me he would, he is a pied piper keegan-like character who would revolutionise tyneside and nufc.

    he’ll end up at liverpool though.

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  51. STUART@141 he would be my perfect pick he also has something about him that you take notice of him,the down side is toon said a couple of weeks ago that they will not approach him,clowns

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  52. well mr charnley, we now know which league we are going to be playing in, and your juicey has said you have money to spend. attaboy…now go to it pdq, here is your big chance….

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  53. klopp is a freddie shepherd manager. we have a lee charnley director who cancelled the cheese sarnies for the press. kloppo would shake him out of his lavish comfort zone. we need to tone down the expectations lads and lasses ☺

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  54. MM: you don’t think Klopp would hold out for FC Bayern next year as Man City pursue Pep in their quest to become Barcelona NW? Klopp could then be reunited with his players πŸ™‚

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  55. And MM: I completely agree with you. We are not in the elite and talk of Klopp or Rafa is just pie in the sky.

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